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Image: Scientists measured the transport of bacteria across the colon biopsy in an Ussing chamber (Photo courtesy of Karin Söderlund Leifler).

IBS Colon Reacts Differently to Bacteria

Irritable bowel syndrome disturbs bowel function and the condition leads to repeated episodes of abdominal pain, and usually gives rise to constipation or diarrhea. Around 10% of people in Sweden suffer from IBS, and it is twice as common among women as among men. More...
21 Sep 2017
Image: A diagram of the ImmunoSignature Technology (Photo courtesy of HealthTell).

Molecular Test Detects Chagas in Blood Donors

The most prevalent parasitic infection in Latin America causes Chagas’ disease. Diagnosis is based on serologic tests because direct detection of Trypanosoma cruzi is very difficult beyond its brief acute phase. More...
21 Sep 2017
Image: Found in children’s throats, Kingella kingae bacteria has also been linked to bone and joint infections (Photo courtesy of the CDC).

Child Throat Bacteria Also Found in Joint Infections

Using sensitive diagnostics, researchers have found that the presence of the Kingella kingae in children's throats was strongly linked to bone and joint infection with the same bacterium. More...
19 Sep 2017
Image: The VITEK 2 COMPACT instrument offers the capacity to help improve therapeutic success and patient outcomes through reliable microbial identification (ID) and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) (Photo courtesy of bioMérieux).

Newly Emerged Superbug Discovered

Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strains often cause life-threatening community-acquired infections in young and healthy hosts, but are usually sensitive to antibiotics. More...
15 Sep 2017
Image: A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Epstein-Barr virus budding in a B cell (Photo courtesy of The Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum).

Epstein-Barr Virus Increases Risk of MS

While being infected at a young age with Epstein-Barr virus generally causes few, if any, symptoms, delayed exposure into adolescence or adulthood can cause infectious mononucleosis with symptoms that can be quite severe. More...
15 Sep 2017
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Image: The Malaria Ag P.f Ultra-Sensitive rapid diagnostic test (Photo courtesy of Alere).

Rapid Diagnostic Test for Malaria Evaluated

The ability of individuals to carry low-density malaria infections and have minimal clinical symptoms is believed to be the consequence of exposure-related clinical immunity, resulting in the suppression of parasitemia, and has been observed in both high- and low-transmission settings. More...
14 Sep 2017
Image: The GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay for tuberculosis; this new test is critical in allowing clinicians improved diagnostic interpretation (Photo courtesy of Cepheid).

New Diagnostic Test Improves Detection of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health threat despite the development of new diagnostics and antitubercular drugs. The MTB/RIF assay was developed to improve TB and rifampin resistance (RIF-R) detection. More...
14 Sep 2017

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